Thinking with Animation Book Talk

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November 5, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Philosophy, Film and Film History, East Asian History / Studies, Japanese History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies

Join us on 5 November at 5:30pm (Hong Kong time) for Thinking with Animation, a Zoom-based hybrid book talk - mini-conference joined by the editors and authors of Thinking with Animation, published by Cambridge Scholar Publishing in September 2021. The editors will introduce the book, followed by 10-minute presentations of selected chapters by their respective authors. The event is expected to last for flexible 2 hours including the Q&A session. Zoom ID: 748 874 2177. No registration needed. Everyone is welcome. 


About the book: Edited by Joff P. N. Bradley and Catherine Ju-yu Cheng, this volume brings together scholars based predominantly in Asia to contribute provocative and experimental essays on the dynamic relationship between animation and philosophy. In an inventive and playful philosophical way, they address not only the mainstay of Japanese animation, but also Korean film, picture books and Mickey Mouse to understand what we might call film-philosophy in Asia. In thinking animation with concepts from the technicolour philosophies of Deleuze, Guattari, Stiegler, Benjamin, Kristeva and Heidegger, the book sees animation not as a representation of a philosophical idea per se, but conceptualizes it as a philosophical thinking-device. In the images themselves, what is at work is not just the thinking of a particular director or manga artist, but, rather, thinking as such, through and by the images themselves. The scholars in this collection are committed to thinking images themselves as thought-experiments and thinking machines. This Zoom-based talk is hosted by the Animation and Media Arts Programme, Academy of Film, School of Communication and Film, Hong Kong Baptist University.



(Professor of English and Philosophy, Faculty and Graduate School of Foreign Languages, Teikyo University)

On the Philosophy of Wind: On Madness and Technology in Miyazaki Hayao’s The Wind Rises


(Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, Feng Chia University)

Catastrophism and Creation in Shinkai Makoto’s Your Name


(Associate Professor of Media Studies & Cultural Anthropology, Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Hiroshima University)

Towards a Phenomenology of Seduction: From Julia Kristeva’s Sujet En Procès to Anti-shôjo


(Professor, Department of English, Comparative Literature Program, Seoul National University)

A Masked Human Zombie Aesthetics and the Ineffable Alterity


(Professor of cultural studies, Kyung Hee University)

Walter Benjamin, Gilles Deleuze, and Mickey Mouse: Animation in the Age of Technical Reproducibility


(Associate Professor, College of Global Liberal Arts, Ritsumeikan University)

Fortress-Cities: Ecosophy and World-Becoming in Contemporary Japanese Popular Culture


(Part-time lecturer, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Chukyo University)

Repetition of the Different as Art of Adaptation: On the Animated Adaptation of Dazai Osamu’s Run Melos! in the Blue Literature Series


(Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Chung Hsing University)

Beyond Upside-down Hugs: The BwO in Yoshiura Yasuhiro’s Patema Inverted


(Visiting Lecturer, University of Wolverhampton; tutor, Durham University)

Return of the Gods—A Heideggerian Interpretation of the Sacred in Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away


(Lecturer, Tokyo University of Social Welfare)

No Hope in 1945? Story Framing and Film Semiotics in Anime on Japan’s War


This Zoom-based talk is hosted by the Animation and Media Arts Programme, Academy of Film, School of Communication and Film, Hong Kong Baptist University.

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